Welcome to Puerto Viejo de Sarapiquí
Today it is simply a gritty but pleasant palm-shaded market town. The town has made concessions to the new economy, with the local polytechnic high school offering students advanced tourism, ecology and agriculture degrees. The school even has its own reserve, laced with trails. Visitors, meanwhile, can choose from any number of activities in the surrounding area, such as bird-watching, rafting, kayaking, boating and hiking.
Every April, the locals celebrate the victory over William Walker and his invading yanqui filibusteros, who were defeated near here in the Battle of Sardinal in 1856.